June 28, 1943 (19th Parliament, 4th Session)

LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs; President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

Right Hon. W. L. MACKENZIE KING (Prime Minister):

Mr. Speaker, a moment ago my colleague the Minister of Justice drew my attention to a statement made by the hon. member for Laval-Two Mountains which is of a very serious character. I had not up to that time observed the remarks to which my colleague referred as well as others and I was not in the house at the time they were made, but I find them in Hansard in the official report of the English translation of speeches delivered in French on the date indicated. The hon. member is not in his seat at the moment, but one statement which he made is so serious that I feel no time should be lost in drawing Your Honour's attention to it and asking that it be dealt with in accordance with the means taken to protect the privileges of this house. The statement to which I refer is as follows:
We have here in the cabinet three new millionaires who have made their money since the war's outbreak. We shall denounce -them at the proper time and place. Fortunes are being built up.
The proper time and place to make a statement of that kind is in this House of Commons with the hon. member simultaneously undertaking to prove the charge, or, if he is unable to do so, to resign his seat in this

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house. I submit, Mr. Speaker, that the hon. member should be obliged either to withdraw the statement completely or else to convert it into a specific charge to be investigated in the usual manner, and the consequences of the investigation also to be followed up in the usual manner.

Topic:   PRIVILEGE
Subtopic:   MR. ST. LAURENT-REFERENCE TO REMARKS OF MR. LACOMBE IN DEBATE ON JUNE 25
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